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漢代董仲舒開啓了中國兩千年儒術獨尊的局面,也影響到歷代政治制度,曾發出關於要 【愛人類及鳥獸昆蟲莫不愛】的忠告. 天生萬物以養人,順應天,效法天及敬畏天. 至今嚴重污染損地球, 災將起宇氣候之憂, 菌殃突異之變. 天兆徙變因末法!蓋言積善好修行! 唯有修行積善避災! 董仲舒《天地陰陽》 人,下長萬物,上參天地.人何其貴者!
was popularised by Confucius in the era of Spring and Autumn, dated back
B.C 551-479. It was recorded in the history as a proper set of Ideology
Thinking or Philosophy. Confucius had set the pace for education is for
all not only confined or exclusively to the elite few and government
officials at that time. His biggest contribution at that time was to let all
human beings to have education as long as the desire to learn is burning. (有教無類).
fundamental teaching of Confucian is about building inner as well as external
values of a person, to interact harmoniously with people. Values such as filial
piety, trustworthiness, etiquette and camaraderie are preached. The core context
was built surrounding relationships between ruler and residence, between husband
and wife and between father and son should be in a proper protocol and thus the
virtues of benevolence, justice, etiquette, wisdom and trustworthiness should be
in place (仁義禮智信).
differs from religions and Daoism in the context surrounding Universal, Science,
Mother Nature and Society. Confucianism only placed emphasis on the eternal
subjects such as human and social interaction.
was popularised by Laotse at the late of Spring and Autumn era. At the
beginning of Han era Daoism was termed as Dao De Jia (道德家). Beside
Daoism, there were five more schools of thoughts mushroomed at that time, such
as Confucianism, Mo Jia (墨),
Ming Jia (名),
Fa Jia (法)
and Yin Yang Jia (陰陽).
teaching of Daoism is the blending of these 5 others’ teachings and
philosophy. The famous icons in the Daoism School are Laotse, Chuangtse, and
Huang Lao sect. The main focal point was to build a stronger and healthy both
body and mind to achieve longevity (治身)
and thus rule a county (治國).
places great emphasis on building a healthy body with less materialistic (輕物重身)
while Confucianism building on better soul. Daoism does not directly believe
that the Heaven (天)
is with ‘intention’ but to go with the flow of Mother Nature-The Way of Dao
Dao preaches Mother Nature more than any other schools.
further elaborated that Dao is the source of creation for universe and therefore
is the main ruler for the Universe and its activities. Daoism was the pioneer in
studying the concept of Universe and materials beings, this is the biggest
contribution of Daoism to mankind. For simplicity sake please find below some of
the Laotse teachings:
uphold ‘nothingness’ (人要無為),
weak is to
avoid competing (柔弱就能謙下不爭)
is to harness substance (愚魯就能棄華取實)
stress the importance of life over material, fame and fortune should not be the
ultimate goal for human beings. Fame
and fortune is meaningless if one is living without the spirit of Dao.
Han Historian Ser Ma Tan acknowledged that Taoist teaching has gathered other
schools’ unique teaching as a blend and became the perfect school of though at
that point on time.
The Best Music is Silent, The Biggest
Form is Imageless, The Biggest Square is without corners, The Biggest Utensil is
'void' or empty~!
Embedded De and Quest For Dao
One should have an open mind to learn!
Wang’s father, a Jiang Ning County official, had a seventy-year-old
concubine who adored cats and raised thirteen of them. She treated them as her
own children and even gave each of them a name. They would come when she called
them by name. In the year of Chien Long during the Ching dynasty, the old madam
died. The thirteen cats surrounded her coffin with grief. They would not eat nor
drink, three days later they all died!
This is a special dog. He moves very slowly. Take a close look, one leg
is paralyzed. He must have been beaten for stealing food; we regard ourselves as
the most intellectual beings in the universe and look down on dogs as animals.
The dog is hurt because he is not a human being. That shows the cruelty if
In the Tang dynasty, a family of Wang who lived in Bei-Ping had two cats
and both had kittens at the same time. Unfortunately, one cat died right after
giving birth to the kittens. The kittens still tried to suck on mother’s milk.
The other cat was also feeding her kittens, She heard the cry of those orphans
kittens and went searching for them, She found them nearly dead from hunger, She
then took them one by one to her place and fed them like her own offspring.
At he end of the Ming dynasty, a barbarian named Tzu Chen took over the
Si Chuan Province with his tribes. The general of the Province had his entire
family jump into a well followed by himself. It is said even servants must die
for their country. It is considered patriotic behavior at that time. When the
general and his family committed suicide, a donkey that belonged to the general
was there as well and jumped into the well to follow its master!
Right a wrong
We are not saints or sages. And no doubt we do make mistakes, just like a
white cloth that gets dirty. WE must admit our mistakes and correct our wrong
doings, just like we wash out the dirt on the cloth. As long as with kindness in
our mind, everything that we touch in the universe will become beautiful.
Escape from a mundane place.
Look down on killing even more. Make a shirt from the fibers of lotus
The soft feeling on my skin is the same
Free the silkworms and free my sin
Pity them because each of them is a living being.
See the ugly restless worms but don't harm the larvae.
They become beautiful butterflies when the spring comes and add beauty to
We all know the meaning of ‘cherish living things, and living things
have a natural instinct for surviving’, Live stock flop helplessly when they
see a butcher with a knife on his hand. Tears run down pigs’ faces when they
hear a price has been offered on their heads. They all know well what fate is
lying ahead. They can’t express their fear for they are speechless, not being
able to communicate to humans.
Long ago there was a farmer who lived in a rural area of Hwa-Jung County.
One day a big elephant lied down on the yard and it looked to be in great pain.
The farmer found a big wooden stick stuck in its foot, He tool out the
stick and took good care of the wound. After the wound was healed, the elephant
carried the farmer and went to the mountains to dig out the previous ivory for
the man as a returned favor. The farmer realized that the elephant was showing
its gratitude for helping out.
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